Shakira, Philosophy, and the Power of Celebrity


A few weeks ago I noted in the Heap of Links that pop star Shakira was taking a course in ancient philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania. Now she has successfully completed the course, sharing the news via Twitter:


The popular press seems to like the story:

This is the most attention philosophy has gotten from these kinds of news outlets since maybe… uhhh… Marco Rubio?

At a time when philosophy departments are threatened by budget cuts, low enrollments, and a failure to appreciate the value of philosophy, perhaps cultivating more celebrity endorsements is an advisable countermeasure.

Maybe philosophy needs an agent.


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